Recently, William Floyd Board of Education President Robert Vecchio served as the keynote speaker at New York State Senator Tom Croci’s annual Military Appreciation Breakfast held at the Lakeland Fire Department in Ronkonkoma. This annual breakfast is designed to honor the dedicated men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Mr. Vecchio was selected for this honor due to his work with the Brookhaven Town “Our Community Salutes” Military Enlistee Recognition Program, which honors graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the Armed Forces for the service that they are about to undertake. The “Our Community Salutes” motto is “The First To Say Thank You.”
“It was an honor to address the veterans and current service members at Senator Croci’s Military Appreciation Breakfast about the experiences we’ve had with the first Long Island chapter of ‘Our Community Salutes,’” said Mr. Vecchio. “I believe it is so important for these young men and women to know that their community stands behind them one hundred percent in the service that they are about to undertake.” During his remarks, Mr. Vecchio also detailed how “Our Community Salutes” began and the importance of more chapters forming in Suffolk County and all across Long Island.
Since its inception in 2015, the Brookhaven Town “Our Community Salutes” chapter has had the honor and privilege of showing hometown gratitude to more than 110 student-enlistees and their families from William Floyd and other neighboring school districts.
Mr. Vecchio has served on the William Floyd Board of Education for 15 years, the last 12 as president. He is an innovative, creative leader and a tireless advocate for the William Floyd School District’s students and community. During his tenure on the Board of Education, the William Floyd School District has been on an upward trajectory including an increasing graduation rate, upgraded Moody’s bond rating, the introduction of new programs and opportunities for students such as the award-winning CTE program and more. He has been the driving force behind the Brookhaven Town chapter of “Our Community Salutes” and continues to contribute to his local community in a variety of ways including assisting in the creation and implementation of “Tri Hamlet Day” and other community-oriented events. Additionally, he hosts a weekly radio program, “Spotlight on Long Island Schools,” which airs Saturday mornings on LI News Radio 103.9 FM.